Pipe bomb, weapons & drug charges after Tuesday night traffic stop

Submitted by Licking Police Department
On May 28, 2019, at approximately 2118 hours, a Licking police officer conducted a traffic stop for a lighting violation along Old Salem Road. During the course of the traffic stop, the officer detected the odor of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and as a result of that search the following items were located and seized:
• Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
• Camouflage Remington AR-15 rifle (reported stolen from Dallas County Sheriff’s Department).
• 60 prescription pills, identified as Clonazepam, a DEA schedule IV controlled substance.
• A plastic baggie, containing a crystal-like substance, which fielded tested positive for methamphetamine.
• Three brown/green disk-shaped objects consisting of a plant like material, believed to be a marijuana-based product.
• Multiple smoking devices (marijuana and methamphetamine).
The Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted and responded to the scene, where they took possession of the IED and rendered it safe.
The driver of the vehicle, Jason Heath Pittman, age 45, of Houston, was arrested from the scene and transported to the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, where he was held on a twenty-four-hour hold pending the application of an arrest warrant.  A probable cause statement was sent to the Texas County Prosecutor’s Office seeking the following charges:
1) Crimes committed: DWI-chronic, a class C felony in violation of 577.010;
2) Crimes committed: Possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
3) Crimes committed: Possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
4) Crimes committed: Possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
5) Crimes committed: Unlawful for certain persons to possess a firearm, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 571.070;
6) Crimes committed: Armed criminal action, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 571.015;
7) Crimes committed: Unlawful possession of an explosive weapon, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 571.072;
8) Crimes committed: Receiving stolen property, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 570.030;
9) Crimes committed: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-amphetamines or methamphetamines, a class E felony in violation of RSMo 579.074;
10) Crimes committed: Unlawful use of a weapon- Subsection 11- Possess weapon and a felony controlled substance, a class E felony in violation of RSMo 571.030;
11) Crimes committed: Driving while revoked/suspended – 2nd or 3rd offense, a class A misdemeanor in violation of 302.321;
12) Crimes committed: Failure to maintain proof with DOR-financial responsibility, a class A misdemeanor in violation of RSMo 302.574.


A passenger in the vehicle, Susan I. Gould, age 34, of Licking, was arrested from the scene and transported to the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, where she was held on a twenty-four-hour hold, pending the application of an arrest warrant. A probable cause statement was sent to the Texas County Prosecutor’s Office seeking the following charges:
1) Crimes committed: Possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
2) Crimes committed: Possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
3) Crimes committed: Possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
4) Crimes committed: Armed criminal action, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 571.015;
5) Crimes committed: Unlawful possession of an explosive weapon, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 571.072;
6) Crimes committed: Receiving stolen property, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 570.030;
7) Crimes committed: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-amphetamines or methamphetamines, a class E felony in violation of RSMo 579.074.
Another passenger in the vehicle, Randy L. Prewett, age 54, of Plato, was arrested from the scene and transported to the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, where he was held on a twenty-four-hour hold pending the application of an arrest warrant.  A probable cause statement was sent to the Texas County Prosecutor’s Office seeking the following charges:
1) Crimes committed: Possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
2) Crimes committed: Possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
3) Crimes committed: possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 579.015;
4) Crimes committed: Unlawful for certain persons to possess a firearm, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 571.070;
5) Crimes committed: Armed criminal action, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 571.015;
6) Crimes committed: Unlawful possession of an explosive weapon, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 571.072;
7) Crimes committed: Receiving stolen property, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 570.030;
8) Crime committed: Assault third degree special victim, a class D felony in violation of RSMo 565.054;
9) Crimes committed: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-amphetamines or methamphetamines, a class E felony in violation of RSMo 579.074;
10) Crimes committed: Unlawful use of a weapon-Subsection 11- Possess weapon and a felony controlled substance, a class E felony in violation of RSMo 571.030;
11) Crimes committed: Possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10-grams or less, a class D misdemeanor in violation of Section 579.015 RSMo.

The charges for which the suspects are being accused of are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented in front of a court of competent jurisdiction, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

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